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adapt (something) for (something)

To change or adjust something for a new or different purpose. I heard that the studio is adapting that book for a movie. Have they adapted the building for wheelchair accessibility?
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adapt (something) from (something)

To create one thing from another. The film was adapted from a famous novel.
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adapt (something) to (something)

1. To become familiar or comfortable with something. When used in this way, the phrase does not take a noun or pronoun between "adapt" and "to." When Fran moved to China, she struggled to adapt to her new surroundings.
2. To modify or adjust something to fit or work properly with something else. Brian had to buy special cables so that he could adapt his old VCR his new TV.
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Farlex Dictionary of Idioms. © 2015 Farlex, Inc, all rights reserved.

adapt someone or something

to something to cause someone or something to change, adjust to, or get used to something else. Can't you adapt yourself to my way of doing things?

adapt something for something

to change or alter something for use with something else. Has this furnace been adapted for natural gas?
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adapt something from something

to derive something from something else; to create by modifying something else. I adapted my new musical from a novel.
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adapt something to something

to convert something to fit or work with something else. We converted our furnace to natural gas.
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adapt to something

to adapt or get used to someone or something. Please try to adapt to our routine.
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McGraw-Hill Dictionary of American Idioms and Phrasal Verbs. © 2002 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

adapt to

1. To alter something so that it is better suited to something else: The immigrants adapted their recipes to the ingredients that were available in their new country.
2. To change in order to be better suited to something: At first, I didn't like the new school, but I quickly adapted to the way things were done there and was soon very happy.
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The American Heritage® Dictionary of Phrasal Verbs. Copyright © 2005 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.
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Obvious examples of natural and human selection for adaptedness involve the increases in plant density and N application associated with the increase of U.S.
The present analyses consider population means for 20-yr height and survival, both of which reflect adaptedness to the biotic and abiotic environment.
At the highest level of their hierarchy is the adaptive problem--if one knows what a biological information processing device was designed to do (i.e., what function a mental module served when it was selected during the environment of evolutionary adaptedness, or EEA), then one has a computational theory for the device in Marr's sense.
The adaptedness of spines will be inferred through assessment of: (a) the functional role of spines, (b) the impact of T.
The six-percent solution: second thoughts on the adaptedness of the Marsupialia.
The other mechanisms explain biological form, but not the adaptedness of biological form.
There are no special design features in the brain developed in the EEA (Environment of Evolutionary Adaptedness) and reserved for an art-essence, for instance film art, to be invented many years later.
A good state of adequacy is described as a person's adaptedness in actual life situations, that is, to have set realistic goals in his or her life plan, possess adequate abilities to realize these goals, and experience appropriate circumstances in the environment to realize these goals.
The study of adaptation is the study of adaptedness in an historical context (Gould and Vrba 1982, Coddington 1988, Baum and Larson 1991, Leroi et al.
The adaptedness of the floral phenotype in a relect endemic, hawkmoth-pollinated violet.
Gould thinks that history does exhibit directionality, but of the very opposite kind: diversity is maximal shortly after the invention of multi-cellular animals, and thereafter diversity has declined without any compensatory increase in adaptedness or complexity.
As MURRAY SMITH observes, I locate this issue within an account of a broad theoretical conflict over "massive modularity" and the nature of the EEA or "environment of evolutionary adaptedness." Evidence bearing on that conflict derives from multiple areas of research, each of which itself contains important unsolved problems.
Exploring these variation patterns with respect to environmental factors or connecting these patterns to the resistance patterns of flax diseases may result in grouping of accessions with similar adaptedness or disease resistance and thus would facilitate the search for unique genotypes from the collection.